Reeson’s Ramblings :: January 7, 2018
Our Christmas Masses…
were a wonderful celebration of Christ’s birth, and thanks to our many volunteers who stepped forward to help out as ministers of hospitality. Our new 5:00 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day was well attended, with music from our youth choir and band, and we enjoyed a delightful, informal reception afterwards with cookies and other goodies from the Women’s Guild, along with wine, cheese, and crackers. It made for a great celebration!
As we come to the end of our celebration of the Christmas season, today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. A devotion you may want to consider is to gather as a family to pray an Epiphany Blessing over your home, asking God’s blessing on all those who live there and visit.
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 18. The letters C, M, and B have two meanings: they are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, and they also abbreviate the Latin words,
Christus mansionem benedicat, which translates as “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and 2018 is the year. “Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home.
Prayer Leader: Our help is the name of the Lord:
Response: The maker of heaven and earth.
Prayer Leader: The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in:
Response: From this time forth for evermore.
Let us pray.
Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant, through the invocation of your most Holy Name, that we who use it in faith to write upon the door of our home the names of your holy ones Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit our home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Using the blessed chalk, mark the door frame above your front door or your front porch step with 20 + C + M + B + 18 while saying:
The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human more than two thousand years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year.
Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever.
Epiphany Blessing and commentary courtesy of Br. Daryl Moresco, O.Carm.
(Ephipany House Blessing)
The letters C, M, B have two meanings:
• They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.
• They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.”
The “+” signs represent the cross and 2018 is the year.